• Blockbuster TOKYO: Buzzreach Amongst 19 Teams Selected

    Recently, Buzzreach has been selected as one of the team for “Blockbuster Tokyo”, an acceleration program specializing in drug discovery and medical ventures for contribution to raising awareness in clinical trials and closing the information gap regarding clinical trials information between patients and pharmaceutical companies as well as the development of patient-centred medical services. Operated by Beyond Next Ventures Inc. (Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Tsuyoshi Ito), 19 teams have been selected to participate in the 2019 selection program which will be held in October with the business plan presentation later in March 2020.

    1. 1. Beyond Next Ventures Inc.
    2. 2. Blockbuster TOKYO
    3. 3. Contact us

    Beyond Next Ventures Inc.

    Beyond Next Ventures Inc. is an independent accelerator that was established in August 2014 and specializes in investing in ventures that aims to innovate in the science and technology field. With the establishment of the No.1 and No. 2 funds in February 2015 and October 2018, the company has assets under management of a little less than 15 billion yen with an abundance of investment experience and excellent management results ranging from commercialization support of university seeds to investment and growth support. Over the years, they have developed various programs such as the “BRAVE Acceleration Program” which is a commercialization support program for researchers and entrepreneurs looking to commercialize cutting-edge technologies and “Blockbuster TOKYO”, which under the support of Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to provide incubation funding for pharmaceutical and medical start-ups. In February 2019, a shared wet laboratory, “Beyond BioLab TOKYO” was established to provide commercialization support for life science start-ups. The most recent development is the provision of a co-founder matching platform “Co-founders” which will specialize in the creation of a strong founding team through real-world matching support for technology seeds and researchers at universities.

    Blockbuster TOKYO

    This time around they have implemented one of the largest technology-specific acceleration programs In Japan, “Blockbuster TOKYO”. This program provides various kinds of support to accelerate company growth which can be divided into two programs; a seminar program and an acceleration program. In the seminar program, seminars focusing on essential starting and expanding knowledge for pharmaceutical and medical start-ups will be held about once a month. Such seminars talk about venture related knowledge such as entrepreneurship, venture management, fund procurement and knowledge necessary for research and development (R & D) as well as business alliances. The acceleration program, on the other hand, provides more practical support for the teams with specific business plans. That is why there is a requirement for participants to take part in their seminar program prior to this program as they will be supported by necessary human resources that will specifically aid in the development of their plans including well-versed mentors in their respective field such as drug discovery, intellectual property, and marketing.

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    Reference:
    Original media article: Published 04/10/2019, 19 teams selected for “Blockbuster TOKYO”, a training support program specializing in drug discovery and medical ventures
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    More information:
    1) Beyond Next Ventures Inc.: http://beyondnextventures.com
    2) BRAVE Acceleration Program : http://brave.team
    3) Blockbuster TOKYO : https://blockbuster.tokyo/en/home-en/
    4) Beyond BioLAB TOKYO : http://biolab.beyondnextventures.com
    5) Co-founders : https://co-founders.team

  • Buzzreach Selected for G-STARTUP Acceleration Program!

    On August 14th, GLOBIS (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative: Yoshito Hori) has selected 14 companies for their acceleration program for start-up companies, “G-STARTUP” and Buzzreach is one of the selected companies.

    1. 1. GLOBIS
    2. 2. G-STARTUP
    3. 3. Contact us

    GLOBIS

    Since its establishment in 1992, GLOBIS has been promoting business developments with the vision of creating an infrastructure of “human”, “fund” and “wisdom” related to management and creating and reforming society. In terms of “human”, there is the school corporation that provides in-company training programs as well as e-learning and online classes. On the other hand, there are venture capitals that invests and nurtures venture companies for the “funding” side. For the aspects of “wisdom”, information has been promoted through their business and information dissemination site/app “GLOBIS knowledge book”. In order to promote creation and change for society, G1, the general incorporated association also organizes conferences while the general incorporated foundation KIBOW supports disaster recovery.

    To date, GLOBIS has invested up to 10 million yen into a business plan contest, GLOBIS Venture Challenge and another 100 million yen in “GLOBIS Alumni Growth Investment”, a program that supports venture companies current students or graduates have started up. In addition to that, they have also invested in more than 150 companies with a total investment of more than 100 billion yen. Through this, it can be seen that GLOBIS Group is vigorously promoting the construction of venture ecosystems and with their most recent launch of “G-STARTUP”, will accelerate the growth of start-up ecosystems.

    G-STARTUP

    Launched in April 2019, “G-STARTUP” aimed to create a platform that can produce 100 unicorn companies. They intend to do this by adopting start-up companies that have the potential to grow into a country representing venture company in the future and providing them with the five infrastructures (human, fund, wisdom, network and large enterprise collaboration) that GLOBIS has cultivated hence aiding the product, business model and team growth.

    Human Entrepreneurs of GLOBIS Graduate School of Management with about 7,000 graduates
    Fund GLOBIS CAPITAL PARTNERS, which has 150 investment companies and accumulated assets of approximately ¥ 100 billion under management
    Wisdom Book publication with cumulative sales of 3 million copies, “GLOBIS knowledge book” delivering more than 2500 videos and 4000 articles, and “GLOBIS unlimited learning” video learning service with 40,000 registered IDs
    Network Connection of leaders who are in the forefront of their fields such as politics, economy, business, science and technology, culture etc.
    Collaboration with Large Companies Possibility of collaborating with hundreds of large corporations with a track record of developing executives

    Figure 1: Five infrastructures that GLOBIS provides to entrepreneurs with G-STARTUP

    Since the start of the program, recruited entrepreneurs have undergone document screening and interviews before getting selected. Following this, matching events between entrepreneurs and mentors will be held in the future. Since September, Minoru Imano, the representative partner of GLOBIS CAPITAL PARTNERS (GCP) had agreed to set the purpose of this program to create awareness about unicorn companies and provide lectures to educate companies on the latest management knowledge. A demo day will be held in November where venture capital investors and investment engineers including GCP will be participating as investor reviewers.

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    Please feel free to inquire using the form below. We will respond as soon as possible between 9:30 and 18:30 (Monday – Friday Japan Tokyo time).

    Reference:
    Original media article: Published 16/08/2019, GLOBIS decides 14 companies to adopt G-STARTUP acceleration program
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    More information:
    1) GLOBIS: https://www.globis.co.jp